Sephora is like a candy store for beauty lovers. The aisles are chock full of goodies, from the latest blinding holographic highlighters to buzz worthy eyeshadow palettes. However, one of the hardest things in life – after trying not to eat desserts post 10pm – is finding beauty and makeup products that work for every skin tone.
But fret not, as we’ve found some amazing products that have stood the test of time, skin types and complexions, and have come out as universal favourites. So if you’re tired of experimenting (and hitting more wrongs than rights), and need a safe, gorgeous, bang-for-your-buck beauty product, take a look at our tried-and-tested recommendations.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
Quite possibly the most-coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills’ eyeshadow palette yet, Modern Renaissance features 14 highly-pigmented powders in a rainbow of pinks, taupes and berries.
With 11 matte and three metallic shadows, alongside a dual-ended soft bristle brush for seamless application and diffusion, we love how this versatile palette is such a joy to use whenever you’re on the move (especially you girl bosses) – perfect for creating an array of day-to-evening makeup looks.
Nars Blush in Orgasm
The universally flattering and cheekily named orgasm range from NARS has a blusher that’s a perfect hybrid of pink and peach with gold shimmer for additional dimension. We’ve seen it adapt to every skin tone possible, looking slightly different – but completely flattering – on each.
The pink undertone naturally looks great on lighter complexions, while the peachy undertone and gold shimmer give additional warmth. On darker skin, this combination gives the complexion a pop of brightness and the gold shimmer makes the skin glow. The compact’s handy mirror lets you easily top up your rosy glow throughout the day too.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
Give your highlighter a dose of skincare. Inspired by Marc Jacobs’ love of coconut water and the glow of youthful-looking, radiant, well-hydrated skin, the Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter instantly lights up the complexion. Directly highlight skin or blend this concentrated luminizer with foundation and primer to transform them into illuminating elixirs.
We’ve got to admit, a little goes a long way: this gel highlighter builds for the ultimate sheen, and the sensual, golden-peach hue flatters all skin tones with warm radiance. What’s more – it’s formulated with provitamin B5, to help hydrate and nourish skin.
Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona has gained a cult-like fandom on the internet for her Sunset Eyeshadow Palette that sold out within the first hour it launched. We’re in awe of how the colours don’t budge or fade away as the day goes on. (You know how eye shadow likes to play that disappearing act.)
With this palette, however, both the metallic and matte shades look just as good at 5 p.m. as they did at 8:30 a.m. Plus, the shadows are creamy and soft, making them perfect for creating a well-blended, Instagrammable smoky eye look.
Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
Known to most simply as Shape Tape, the creamy, full-coverage liquid can be used to not only cover up blemishes, dark circles and uneven skin tones, but also for highlighting and sculpting cheeks. First of all, we can assure you that it doesn’t draw attention to dry spots or feel cakey on skin, despite its mattifying effect.
It’s formulated with hydrating ingredients, like mango seed and shea butter that leave skin feeling nourished and looking smooth instead of parched and patchy throughout the day. This amazing moisturizing consistency helps the concealer blend so well that it doesn’t crease.
Natasha Moor’s Molten Matte Liquid Lipstick
“Holy grail status.” “”Life changing.” “Perfection.” These are just a handful of ways people have described Natasha Moor’s Molten Matte Liquid Lipsticks, available in 18 shades with a 14-hour staying power. You won’t find yourself rushing to do annoying touch ups around noon because the powerful pigment stays put for the long haul.
Did we mention it can be used interchangeably as a lipstick and a blush? We adore how every Molten Matte Liquid Lipstick shade is named after uplifting mantras, with the intention of each wearer manifesting and living by the message.
MAC Cosmetics Studio Perfect Compact Powder
This legendary powder foundation didn’t garner fans for nothing – this plush powder takes the prize for its convenient application and staying power as it delivers an instant flawless-like complexion with only one swipe. We’ve got a soft spot for this oldie but a goodie as it works well as a setting powder if you want your liquid base to stay put, or just wear it alone for a sheer natural look.
Unlike liquid and cream foundations which are absorbed into the skin, powder foundations sit on the surface and are great at absorbing moisture and fending off shine, making it a godsend for those with oily, acne-prone or combination skin.
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Too Faced’s most natural-looking foundation, this sheer, easy-to-blend cream will give you medium to full coverage depending on how you layer it. Oil-free and formulated with coconut water and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin moisturized, just be wary that it’s not too dewy or hydrating if you have super oily skin.
It creates the perfect canvas for other make-up products by covering imperfections and evening out your skin tone. Another hallmark of a good foundation is its oxidation-proof properties, which ensures it doesn’t change shades throughout the day.